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Caring for the Shaky Ground



Caring for the shaky ground

is a cognitive mapping of Russian colonialism and decolonial resistance of Crimean Tatars.

Crimean Tatars are indigenous people of Crimea. Their position can be defined as an ongoing resistance to the layered shadows of coloniality:the lasting oppression from the Russian state is coupled with the western colonialism’s ignorance towards indigenous people.

Cognitive mapping is a method of temporally and spatially non-linear description, based on visual representation of social and political systems. According to Frederic Jameson, it acknowledges the impossibility to represent the colonial system in its totality, but allows for the assembling of its scattered elements, showing the connection “between daily life in the metropolis and the absent space of the colony”. For Russia’s colonial history, the absent space encompasses past, present and the future of Crimean Tatars.

On the picture:
“Dolgorukov obelisk” was erected in 1771 in Simferopol to commemorate the seizure of Crimea by Russian troops. Çeşme is one of the types of fountains, built by Crimean tatars, they were often situated by the sides of roads.

Loop of the Russian colonial violence against Crimean tatars, spanning since the 17th century.
Strategies of Crimean tatars' resistance, branching since the 1905 Russian Revolution.
The network of Crimean water systems, dispersed through both decolonial infrastructures of care and irrigation of colonial violence